Growing Communities: A Citywide Strategy for Belfast 2012-2022, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom

City/Town/Village: Belfast
County/Province/District (Name of): County Anterim and County Down
Sub-national State: n/a
Country: Northern Ireland
Language: English
Spatial Distinction: Peri-Urban; Urban
Level of Government: Municipality
Population: 671,559
Population Range: 250,000 to 999,999
Policy Type: Non-Binding Policies
Food Systems Sector(s): food acquisition, preparation and consumption; food and organic waste management; food processing and manufacturing; food production; food retail; food wholesale and distribution
Year of Adoption: 2012
Adopting Government Department(s): Belfast City Council
Lead Implementing Entity: Belfast City Council; Growing Communities Steering Group
Supporting Entity: Belfast Health Development Unit; Northern Ireland Housing Executive; Belfast Harbour Commissioners
Additional Supporting Entity: The Conservation Volunteers; Eco-Schools; Healthy Ageing Strategic Partnership
Funding Amount: n/a
Funding Sources: n/a
Policy Links: PDF-Original
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Policy Outcome:

Building on Belfast's historical commitment to urban cultivation, 'Growing Communities' represents a strategy for a renewed interest in community growing, coupled with rising awareness in urban health, sustainability, and food security. The strategy sets forth a vision for Belfast as a city in which all people have the opportunity for improved health and well-being through localized urban growing opportunities. Drawing on recommendations from a steering group, comprised of private, community, and statutory sectors, the strategy in particular hopes to achieve spaces for people of all ages to develop healthier lifestyles, community pride and ownership, increased social capital, capacity building, and local environmentally sustainable practices through community growing in its widest sense (i.e., private gardens, school gardens, green infrastructure, vegetable plots, etc.). The plan features a detailed action plan, divided in segments from one to ten years, that sets forth specific actions for public and private entities to engage in implementation. The plan also includes a ten-year monitoring and evaluation process to monitor the effectiveness of the strategy through performance indicators such as number of allotment plots provided in the city, number of participants in community gardens, percentage of land allocated for growing in disadvantaged areas, and amount of public investment for supporting residents in growing activities.

Policy Keywords: backyard gardening; community; community garden; environmental protection; food production; food strategy; garden; health; home gardening; land use; noncommercial urban agriculture; school garden; sustainability; urban agriculture